Water damage is one of those problems that can spiral out of control when it goes unnoticed. The sooner you detect an issue like this, the less damage your home will undergo and the less money you will have to spend in fixing it.
There are a lot of ways to know you are encountering a water damage problem. Being aware of them could make a big difference when repairing the issue.
Look for signs of water stains.
If your home begins to suffer from this pesky issue, you will find indicators of it in various places. The most common places where you can find water stains are the windows, doors, flooring, and the ceiling. Regularly check your hardwood floors for evenness. Lift rugs to check floors thoroughly. One way to check your wood floors for water damage is by observing if they are beginning to warp and buckle.
Warped flooring or water stains on any of the flooring in your home.
The culprit may be an appliance. Inspect the areas around things like your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator. It is common for these items to spring leaks from time to time, but you may not know until it is too late.
Water stains on your window and door frames.
This can be an indicator that water is leaking into your house from the outside. Also inspect ceilings for spots, which show signs of water damage, especially where the ceiling joins to an exterior wall. A ceiling stain may indicate a roof leak and must, therefore, be given attention.
Don’t forget the bathroom.
Leaks may appear in places not immediately visible, such as the sink or toilet. Do a thorough inspection of the area underneath the sink to ensure there are no leaky pipes causing problems. Check behind and around the base of the toilet.
Sounds of running water.
You might not see water damage all the time but you might, instead, hear it. If you hear a dripping sound or maybe running water, then that could also be a sign that you are dealing with water damage in your home. It’s better to locate the source of the sound and fix any broken pipes if the source is from a broken pipe.
Increase in utility bills.
A strange and new odor.
What to Do If You Have Water Damage?
If ever you are experiencing these signs of water damage now, then it is time to consider calling a professional water damage restoration company. The severity of the damage determines whether replacement or restoration is necessary. The sooner you attend to this problem, the better.
What is Thermal Imaging?
Water damage does not have to be visible to be destructive. Hidden moisture in your home or office could lead to mold growth and structural deterioration. Thermal cameras can help locate water and estimate the moisture extent, but identifying a pattern that looks like moisture does not guarantee the presence of water. That’s why here at ServiceMaster by Wright, our experts know exactly what to do for detecting leaks using Thermal Imaging.